Lean Mean And Green!

What’s your favorite color? For me I would have to say that I don’t have just one favorite color because my favorite color changes with whatever mood I happen to be  in.

Today it happens to be green. There is just something soothing about it. When I  see green I think health, vitality, prosperity and it always triggers my mind to think of nature.

It’s day six on the Whole 30 challenge and I’ve eaten my fair share of things that are green and although I’m feeling pretty good I will say that fatigue has hit hard the last couple of days!

IMG_5060I’ve slept great and although I had hopes of sleeping in this morning my body woke me up at the regular ole time of 4:30 raring to go!

It never ceases to amaze me the changes your body and mind goes through after you have indulged in way too much sugary crap and then switch back to eating clean. It’s like your body starts rebelling and well it can make you a little mean or at least irritable! 😈

Other than minor “meanness” and fatigue I feel like I’ve made it over the hump and really loving the leanness I feel along with the clearness of both my mind and complexion.

Loving this Whole 30 thing! Give it a try!!

My diet has pretty much consisted of lots of veggies, fruit , clean lean meats, eggs,nuts and seeds. I also have been drinking lots of water, getting adequate exercise and I’m going to insert a little subliminal message here…….

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Chiropractic adjustments! If you have never given your spine a check up I highly recommend you do. Chiropractic is not just for alleviating pain. We all live with sublaxations on our spines from everyday activities and even though the pressure of those sublaxations on the spinal nerves at a minimal are as heavy as a dime it can interrupt the life  flow to every organ in your body therefore causing a multitude of symptoms.

A Chiropractic adjustment releases that pressure and allows that life to flow back through those nerves to allow your body to function at an optimal level!

I started chiropractic care about 7 years ago and can’t live without it. It took me from having to have allergy shots and being on all kinds of allergy meds to being on none and struggling very little with symptoms. Not only has it pretty much cured my allergies I rarely experience sickness.

GET YOUR SPINE CHECKED!

As I get this lean mean and green Saturday started I wanted to share something green and delicious with you.

Smoothies are near and dear to my heart and I love the fact you can throw whatever you like in a blender and enjoy your fruits and veggies in a different way!

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1 Cup unsweetened  almond milk

A couple of handfuls of spinach and kale

1 Tbsp of almond butter

Ice cubes and water to adjust thickness

Blend, whirl and slurp!

I’m kicking it with green today baby all the way down to my shoe laces!

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Cheers…. Here’s to health! :mrgreen:

Again…. I’m Wholey Yours!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Between all the small challenges of life, the everyday things that suck the life out of you and changing jobs I’ve just been in a major blogging block but just as easy as those blocks come all of sudden my mind races with all sorts of things to write about.

If you’ve followed my blog at all you know the one thing I love to talk about is food, fitness and health but I have to confess that while I’m a healthy girl I do veer off the beaten path and indulge in too much crap and I then find myself having to jump back on track with a challenge.

I recently did a 40 day fast from meat, dairy, sugar of any kind, caffeine and anything processed. Although I was mainly doing that for spiritual reasons and taking the time to be in prayer about some things  I must say I’ve never felt better. After any type of fast though we all know what is likely to happen when you come off  of it and that is ….Binge!

It wasn’t a total binge but I have fallen back into sneaking ….Oh my sweet love….Candy Corn, coffee and of course CHOCOLATE!!!!

After about 2 weeks of this I’ve come to the conclusion that I do not Like the way I feel. All of this crap leaves me feeling on edge and just plain Yuck!20130320-170223

Soooo I’m back on track and going to do a little  Whole 30 Challenge with myself unless I can convince you to tag along with me through this! 🙂 Bueller? Bueller?

The Whole 30 is a 30 day challenge to abstain from sugar both natural and artificial, dairy, legumes, caffeine , processed anything and to eat and enjoy whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, clean meats, nuts, seeds and water, water, water.

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Check it out!!…… The Whole 30 Challenge

As the new week is here and yes yes I know Halloween is around the corner and yes I know I will have to lay down that chocolate laden brownie batter spoon and resist the temptation of eating a whole sleeve of Oreo’s but that’s what is kind of fun about a challenge! No pain no gain!

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It’s back to good ole wholesome food that I really do adore! …

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20120708-185018Alrighty then are you in or are you out? Regardless I’m in and I’ll be blogging about it to keep me accountable!

It’s only 30 days and I love a challenge!

Have a great and healthy day! 🙂

Perspective

Pray ….. Do you ever get stuck in a rut or feel like everyday seems to be just like the one before? I know lately I’ve been feeling this way. I wake up, have my coffee, do my morning workout, feed the dogs, go to work and well you know blah, blah, blah!

Those feelings of blah can really suck the life right out of you and before you know it you find yourself frustrated, agitated and somehow in this funk of whoa is me!

I’m going to be honest with you …I was there this past week and it wasn’t pretty!! 😯 but after throwing myself at Gods feet and asking for help, grace and mercy I began to see things in a different perspective all thanks to my dogs.

Most of my friends have children and I constantly hear them saying that they learn so many life lessons from them and I’ve always loved how children can take a seemingly complex adult problem and give you the brutally honest answer in the simplest form that leaves you thinking well….Duh!

Now my “kids” can’t talk except in the form of a bark, whimper or growl but I do learn from them everyday. In this case they helped me gain some perspective in how God wants me to see each day.

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Let me introduce you to Buck (black) and Chuck (Red) . They are as different as night and day but they have one thing in common….they love me!

Stinkers they are but they are my little buddies.

The God lesson I walked away learning from these two is this….

Chuck has taught me that even though his day is pretty  much the exact same thing everyday it doesn’t matter. You wake up wagging your tail ferociously and eagerly ready to start the day by lavishing your master with kisses, high fives and joyous jumping around! It doesn’t matter that his day is going to be pretty much like the day before he’s just ecstatic that it’s a new day and he gets to share it with me come what may!

Buck being the senior and a lot more laid back has taught me that like me he’s a little too content in being swaddled underneath his blankets and actually needs some coaxing to come out and face the day but once he emerges he becomes my little shadow. I think the sweetest thing I learn from him is that he doesn’t even care about eating he just wants to be with me and he even has to make sure I’m watching him eat before he will even start!

Such sweet fur babies and here is my take on this perspective….

Unlike the pressures I place on myself God simply wants me to get up excited everyday to just be in His presence and to be eager to face a brand new day. He also wants me to follow Him so close that I desire His attention more than I want anything else…even if it is food.

Perspective is essential and it doesn’t take much to make you realize how blessed you are and how we should cherish and seize everyday before us knowing He loves us and wants the best for us!

Eat…. It’s August…It’s HOT and well all I really want to eat right now are salads. Salads in my opinion are just the perfect Summer time staple. I know most people tire of them but I don’t think I do. The beauty of salads are you can you throw just about anything in them you want and with all the fabulous freshness of Summer you can go wild!!

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What’s your favorite salad combo?

Love….. What am I loving lately? That one is  gonna have to be a tie because you just can’t make me choose!!!!

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1011548_10151746303933879_2090230351_nI have been devouring these gems but who could resist?

Laugh…. I spend way too much time on Pinterest looking under the “Humor” section but this pic caught my eye and every time I see I laugh.

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Sweat…. If I’m honest and I’m gonna be here I don’t wake up every morning , throw the blankets back and jump up ready to get sweaty. This is how it actually is most mornings….

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Right now I’m having a love hate relationship with Shaun T. 😯 He’s a great motivator and I’m loving this program.

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The results are showing and the greatest thing is that you get it done in 25 minutes! Who doesn’t want that? If you’ve not checked it out yet or interested send me a message or just click the Beachbody link on my page. It’s on SALE so it would be a great time to give it a try!

It’s almost the weekend! Hang in there!

P.S My little friend Guinea is still doing great with Chalean Extreme! We do measurements and total weight loss tomorrow so stay tuned…………

Blend Baby Blend!

I have to share a little secret with you…..I have a blender in my bathroom! Now before you get completely disgusted with me let me explain.

Two years ago during my divorce I moved in with my younger sister and although we are pretty much like ships that pass in the night with our schedules and lifestyles I can not blend my smoothies in the wee hours of the morning without disturbing her!

Why you ask?

This is not just a blender  it’s a BlendTec which will pulverize anything into pure smoothie deliciousness but while it’s doing its special smoothie thing it is extremely LOUD! Yes this is the culprit …….guilty as charged! blender2 I’ve always enjoyed smoothies and love love love to make frozen bananas into soft serve ice cream but as I’ve mentioned before Shakeology is the new love in my life and to go without it just won’t do so it’s to the bathroom I go to blend baby blend! Shakeology_Choco_GreenAre you drinking this stuff yet? If not you don’t know what you are missing! IMG_4235 I dare you…no I triple dog dare you……..—–> Shakeology

Putting all that secretive blender saga to the side I wanted to share something that happened to me this morning. Yesterday happened to be a bit of a trying day. Between my own frustration with life, the air conditioning on the blitz at work in this 90 plus degree weather and trying earnestly to know how my passions fit into Gods perfect will for my life I truly was a frazzled puddle of tears by the time I got home. My cry to God went something like this….God WHY me? …WHY  does it have to be this way?… WHY?! ….sobbing….God  would you please help me?!?!?

Of course the enemy was loving this all the while screaming his accusations and lies in my ears….”You can’t do that” ….”You’re not strong enough”….”That is never going to happen”…”This is the way it will be for the rest of your life”! Yes I was completely down in a pit of despair but God is faithful in the fact that He hears every one of our cries and is eager to speak to our frantic hearts. My  last prayer before bed last night was God please give me a picture of how you see me in all of this confusion!

One of my favorite scriptures is Zephaniah 3:17…..The  Lord  your God is in your midst,  a mighty one who will save;  he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. All I can say is that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He indeed was whispering and singing over me last night because my picture came to  me this morning in the form a Facebook friends status. I did not get his permission to use this but honestly don’t think he would mind…. IMG_4234What a perfect picture of just how our heavenly Father loves to see us live out our passions! He’s not some big ogre in the sky ready to stomp on our dreams but He delights to see us use our gifts and talents that He gave us! He wants us to dream and to dream BIG!  This just served to remind me that the fact I’m so passionate about health, fitness, cooking and a multitude of other things is that He’s the one that put those things in my heart for me to live out to bring Him glory! So you will have to excuse me if my eyes light up when going through the produce section at the grocery store, when I stumble over my words when talking about working out and Shakeology or I get misty eyed watching my two sisters getting into exercise and wanting to eat healthier! These things are what are near and dear to my heart. It’s my passion to help people want to live out happy and healthier lives and after reading this simple status update this morning I know my Father in heaven smiles at me and it warms His heart seeing me doing what I love to do!

Don’t ever dismiss those dreams and those things that you hold dear to your heart because they were put there for a reason !

Let’s DREAM BIG!

By the way Guinea is down another pound and feeling cool as a cucumber! 🙂 IMG_4237

Excuses Or Results?

Well excuuuuussse me!

Yea we all have those things called excuses for everything we don’t want to really do. I know I’m most certainly guilty and in any given day I can find in my mind’s eye a perfectly logical excuse for a number of things. I think unfortunately its human nature to give excuses for every selfish thing we do. For example ….you catch me eating straight out of the ice cream carton with the largest spoon that exists in the utensil drawer and my excuse would be that I had a bad day at work or you ask me if I worked out today and I said no because my legs were sore or my favorite workout socks were dirty!!! I could go on and on but the thing with excuses are they never get you anywhere they only keep you going in circles and then you find yourself dizzy from all that spinning around.

Before I decided to commit to doing Chalean Extreme this year I asked myself was I going to offer up a bunch of crazy excuses as to why I couldn’t do it or was I going to be passionate and determined enough that I wanted to see results? My decision was to see results and I got them! IMG_4165

I don’t think I have ever had muscle definition in my arms EVER! The process of all this has not been easy for this girl who has struggled with disordered eating for most of her life. The concept of building muscle where puny flabby skin once just hung on bones and the fact that I’ve had to start eating beyond  my comfort zone to be able to nourish and refuel my body throughout this program has sometimes thrown me into a panic but having the mindset of NO EXCUSES I decided to push through! It’s been very rewarding!

The Beachbody community has helped and encouraged me so much through their support and their products that it has stirred this new-found passion for not only myself but having the desire to pass it on to others. I did not enter into this program as a get rich scheme, to push products, or to come across as some know it all when it comes to health and fitness. My desire is to help people taste and see how health and fitness can change your life from the inside out! I believe that once you get motivated and you decide to commit to it that it’s like lighting up one of those sparklers you see so much this time of the year. It’s contagious and I’ve decided that excuses are just not going to work for me because I would rather see the results!

I believe we make-weight loss and getting healthier so much more complicated than it really is and that’s’ why last week I started my own personal challenge with a friend who I shall call Guinea. Yes she volunteered to be my guinea pig and she wanted to remain anonymous so I’ve affectionately given her that name.

Last Monday I had Guinea take her before pics and measurements and she then started her journey to a healthy lifestyle.

The challenge I laid before her was this…..

  • 1 Shakeology shake a day
  • 2 other meals plus a snack a day…her choice as long as they were healthy choices!
  • Doing Chalean Extreme (strength portion only )with me 3 days a week
  • Finding some kind of cardio she enjoyed  at least 2 days a week ( she informed she did not like traditional cardio like running, treadmill or the like so I let her choose her own)

Not a hard challenge at all so she put away the excuses and accepted!

Although we are not weighing in every week she wanted to just get a glimpse of her progress and I’m proud to report…….

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I’m so proud of her and can’t wait to see all the changes that are going to take place in her the next 90 days.

Getting fit does not mean you have to spend 8 hours a day in a gym, spend an insane amount of money on equipment or give up every food you love but it does mean you have to ditch the excuses and decide you want to commit to seeing the results!

I remind myself of this verse every time I want to give into excuses……

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God; 20 he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God’s glory.

To be continued…….. 😉 ……..Let’s cheer Guinea on!!!

Love At First Sight…Not Really!

Are you one of those that believe in love at first sight? I have to admit that I’ve fallen victim to this at various times in my life and learned rather quickly that a second look is always pretty much-needed before you decide that it is indeed love and not just emotion. Then there are those times that what is the absolute best for you is right under your nose but you are oblivious to just what a treasure you have until suddenly upon second review you realize it’s LOVE!

This happened to me. Let me tell you a little love story………

It was just about a year ago when a friend of mine started talking in a foreign language entitled Shakeology. I had never heard of this stuff that seemed to be a cross of an apparent shake with the “ology” tagged on the end to make it seem much smarter than it really was. I’ve never confessed this to her but I honestly thought to myself that this was just another Slim Fast deal. I was having flashbacks of drinking those chalky fake tasting shakes and already had my mind made up that I was not falling for yet another shaky gimmick.

My friend would constantly rant and rave about her smoothie concoctions and other recipes she would create with this so-called “Healthiest Meal Of The Day” stuff and I admit they looked and sounded great but my mind was just not open to it. She even went as far to have the nerve to give me samples! 🙂 Okay now I had no excuse to not at least try it  so I tried it but my skeptical mind was so shut off to another shake thing that I politely placed in my pantry and forgot about it.

Like I stated in the above …..I’ve never confessed this to her so now I’ve either made my friend gasp with such disbelief that I thought such things or if I know her like I know I do she is giggling and smiling at me!  😉 We all live and learn and some of us learn the hard way!

Just goes to show you that you can have the greatest thing right under your nose but unless you are willing to open yourself up to taking a little risk and trying something new you will never come to realize the treasure that you have.

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In December of 2012 I decided to invest in a strength training program by Chalene Johnson. It was her Chalean Extreme program and I’m ashamed to say it took me until February of this year to finally get it out of the box. I’ve loved everything about it and it has given me a love for strength training I have never had and if you follow any of the  Beachbody programs you will hear all about Shakeology. Yes, there that stuff showed up again!

Okay I’m listening now!

It wasn’t long into it that I had fallen in love with this new program so that led to looking into more programs and before you know it I was signed up to become an Independent  Beachbody Coach! I received my challenge pack along with my Shakeology and made the decision that I was going to put it to the test before I told anyone about it or started singing its praises.

Now let me just tell you……I absolutely am sold on this stuff and I don’t know how I’ve lived without it! It lives up to everything it promises. My day is just not complete without it and now I really am singing its praises!

The energy that this stuff gives you is incredible and it is not that jittery I’ve had 8 cups of coffee energy. I’m getting my daily dose of vitamins, minerals, fruits, veggies and so much more, and my hair and nails are growing like a weed!  It promises to curb cravings and curb your appetite and coming from someone who is a bottomless pit on most days I have found  that if I drink this for my breakfast that I can easily go until lunch and be just fine.

The beauty about Shakeology is that you can mix it up a thousand ways and always come up with something new and delicious so you are never bored with the same old thing everyday. You can be as simple with it or you can get more creative by adding extras to it but either way you are always honestly getting the healthiest meal of your day!

My smoothie this morning was made with the Tropical Shakeology, almond milk, water, ice, frozen cherries and a little cocoa powder. It tasted like a chocolate covered cherry! Yum! A fabulous way to start Monday!

 

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Don’t believe me yet? That’s okay because I didn’t believe it at first either but I love this stuff so much that I’ve even rounded myself up a little Guinea pig who is going to take my challenge to try Shakeology for 3 months along with doing some strength training with me and she’s allowing me to blog her progress so STAY TUNED!

Love at first sight may or may not actually happen but I’m learning regardless that it is always wise to take a second look! 😉

If you think you may be interested in knowing more about Shakeology just click the link of my “About” page! 😉

 

How do you like your eggs?

Don’t you just love new things? It doesn’t have to be a big something or an expensive something but just new! In the past two and half years I have walked through some new things and not all of them have been planed, welcomed or even fun but I’ve turned the page and now am in a brand new chapter of my life. It’s new, it’s constantly unfolding and I’m going to be honest with you….It’s exciting to see  Jeremiah 29:11 coming into play with every step I take. We’ve all heard of the performer formally known as Prince. Now you are reading this from the blogger formally known as Faithfullfoodiefashionista! Why the change? I’ve held onto that name for the last 4 or 5 years and after doing some looking back and reflecting I decided that those years were definitely years that I was searching and trying to find who I was and in letting go of that name I also am letting go of some dead and heavy weights that I no longer carry in my life. Did I learn from them? You bet I did but I’m now moving forward and not looking back! If you stay around awhile and read my blog you will find that I reference a lot to the things I have learned through movies. I believe that pretty much all movies have light and insight in them and they can teach us so much about ourselves and life in general.   Runaway-Bride The movie that comes to mind while writing this post is Run Away Bride with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. In the movie Maggie (Julia Roberts) seems to have a problem with making a final commitment to marry the various loves of her life and just at the moment she is ready to say “I do” she then finds herself running away. Then enters Ike (Richard Gere) who is a big city reporter who comes to write-up a story on Maryland residing Maggie Carpenter, who is known as the “Runaway Bride” since she has been engaged multiple times, but always leaves her betrothed standing at the altar. When all is said and done the two actually fall in love but what is discovered is that Maggie really doesn’t have a commitment issue but rather she doesn’t know who she is. She found herself liking, doing or even eating certain things just to please the man she was with at the time.

How did she really like them? Eggs Benedict! I think we can all have a little Maggie  in us at times. We try to please others just to fit in or to get them to like us a little better. I know that’s how I have been over the past 5 years. I’ve gone from eating and blogging vegetarian, vegan and raw but now that I know me so much better how do I like to eat? The real answer is ……I eat clean, I eat healthy, I eat meat, I eat cheese and yes I still eat my chocolate! All in moderation with a side of some good ole exercise!

Oh and I like my eggs scrambled! I’m starting a new journey with a brand new blog. In this blog you will find my passion for health, wellness, my faith, everything Beachbody, and all their great products! I’m not here to preach but to bring encouragement and hopefully some inspiration! I believe once you actually taste health you become addicted to it and in return want to share it with others. That’s my goal! You matter and my desire is to see you live out the happy, healthy and abundant life you were created to have! So my question for you today is…..How do you like your eggs?